"The Ferrari on stage", "provocative, sexy, and vocally outstanding", and “a physical beauty with a voice to match" are a few of the things critics are saying about mezzo-soprano Jessica Renfro. As a stage artist she is known for having a "deliciously playful" sense of comic timing" and "seemingly irrepressible energy [that] made her stage presence captivating”.
In June 2015, Ms. Renfro made her Italian debut at the prestigious Opera di Firenze's Maggio Musicale singing the role of Paquette in Bernstein's Candide, for which she was praised as "fun" and “alluring".
On the opera stage she has performed with Opera Tampa, Opera Delaware, Dicapo Opera, St. Petersburg Opera and others in repertoire including the title role in La Cenerentola, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and Romeo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi.
Also an accomplished concert artist, she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Bach in Baltimore Concert Series and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in solo orchestral works including Handel's Messiah, the Mozart Requiem, and the Bach B Minor Mass.
In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Renfro returned to the Bay-Atlantic Symphony as the alto soloist in the Mozart Requiem. She also returned to the Richmond Symphony for Handel’s Messiah. This past Spring she debuted the role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Light Opera of New Jersey.
The 2017-2018 season will begin in September, when Ms. Renfro will bring her acclaimed children’s show Lost in the Woods, a medley of art song, jazz, and dance, to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In October, she will be an Artist-in-Residence at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she will premiere and record a song cycle by composer David Martynuik. In October she will cover the role of Berta in Il grillo del focolare with Teatro Grattacielo in New York City, and in December she will return to the Richmond Symphony and Bach in Baltimore Concert Series as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
Originally from Coventry, Connecticut, she began her career in music as a singer/songwriter, performing in venues throughout New England with her guitar. After discovering a love of classical music in college, she earned a B.M. from the University of Connecticut and a M.M. and G.P.D. from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD.